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Hi fish bum, hey I didn't see you post before I posted my last post, I was still on the first page, your suggestion sounds reasonable.I brought a tank from a lady once who only changed her water once ever 6 months the nitrates were off the scale. I don't see how the fish, a gold severum and a pleco stayed alive in it.
It was a 55 gallon. I did an 8 gallon water change everyday for 2 weeks, before the nitrates came down to 5 to 10.
Since you tank is not that bad and really doesn't need that hardcore of water changes. I think I would change 8 to 10 gallons every other day for until the nitrates came down. I would test the water a few hours after every change to see if it was dropping the nitrates.
I thought about this too, but then I figured that with a well-established bacterial colony, nitrate in tap water would be processed anyway. Outside of changing water sources, I would think that the advice wouldn't change regardless of the source of nitrates. It would still be to do more frequent/larger water changes, how much ever it takes to keep the nitrates down to a desired level?First, though, I'd recommend testing the nitrate level in your tap water. We need to rule that out as a contributing factor to the problem.
Oh thats ok. He's already out, Hes not the first fish I have had to take back. I was told that Gouramis got along and we had the Neon first and I love him hes very pretty. Any how we got another Dwarf and a pearl Gourami and they kicked tha **** out of him for about 2 weeks until I finally got fed up and took them back. Now everybody gets along fine. I find it comical that my blue Ram and the neon Gourami hang out like they are buddies.Aw, I'm sorry to bring you the bad news.
Sounds like you got some bad advice at the LFS.
Ok we dont even want anymore fish, we just thought it would be good to have somthing to eat the algea, but I never saw a algea eater that I thought was very attactive so maybe I'll just scrub the tank.I don't know about the plant food, but might I suggest that you not buy any more fish until you're satisfied with your nitrates, as more fish waste will produce more nitrates?
Yes, we were looking at the magnet things today, pretty cool. I don't know what a oto looks like but I will look one up.They have those magnet things for glass tanks. I don't care for plecos, CAE, or SAE, but I do think otos can be cute. But otos need to be in a school, and they need to go into "aged" tanks that have been cycled for at least 6 months.